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Ex-Husted aide tapped for top elections security slot

(March 27, 2018) — An Ohioan will be working on election security issues for the Department of Homeland Security just a month after being not being re-appointed to his old job.

Matt Masterson will become a senior cyber security adviser for Homeland Security. He had been a commissioner for the little-known Elections Assistance Commission since 2014. Masterson was originally picked by former Republican House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, nominated by Democratic President Barack Obama, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

“There are few who have Matt’s experience working with all levels of government and the private sector to protect our nation’s election systems,” Chis Krebs of the National Protection and Programs Directorate said in a statement.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan recently passed over Masterson for another term.

“The appointment expired in December and we are going in a different direction for our nomination,” AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan, told Reuters via email. “We nominate people for a variety of positions and generally speaking choose our own folks.”

Masterson was formerly a top assistant to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

In a farewell blog post, Masterson reflected on his work with the EAC, which he said included improving partnerships with other agencies and creating new principles for election security.

“The common theme throughout my career is that democracy is best when all of us work together to improve the process for all voters,” the post reads. “Whether at the EAC or back home in Ohio, the most successful efforts to improve election administration have always been those that prioritize partnerships.”

“The common theme throughout my career is that democracy is best when all of us work together to improve the process for all voters,” the post reads. “Whether at the EAC or back home in Ohio, the most successful efforts to improve election administration have always been those that prioritize partnerships.”